The footbridge over the tracks at Manchester Metrolink’s Crumpsall stop has been removed as work on upgrading the stop ahead of trams from Trafford Park arriving in 2020 has continued. The work to remove the bridge was undertaken in the early hours of Sunday 14th January to minimise disruption to passengers.
The bridge was 13.5 tonnes, 14 metres long, 2.5 metres wide and 2.6 metres high and has been replaced by a track level pedestrian crossing. The stairs on the Bury platform have also been upgraded, with the old lift shaft and disabled access ramp removed. Time lapse footage of the bridge’s removal can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDRCEHfo9Ig&feature=youtu.be.
Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of TfGM Committee, said: “The removal of the bridge really provides an exciting visual demonstration of the progress being made in redeveloping the Crumpsall stop. It is part of the wider Metrolink enhancement programme and will ensure the stop meets the demands of the Trafford Park Line project. This redevelopment is a vital part of the network’s expansion and will provide a much more accessible, pleasant and safer space for Metrolink passengers. Once the new tram line through to intu Trafford Centre is open it will also mean more frequent services and much improved access to jobs and leisure across the wider tram network.”
The first phase of works at Crumpsall are due to be completed in March 2018 with a final phase due to be completed in time for services to run off the Trafford Park line in 2020. It is planned that a new service will run from the Trafford Centre to Crumpsall providing extra capacity between the Bury line and Manchester City Centre.